Paul Barnes was born in London in September 1946 and died following a motor accident in Essex in July 2012. He leaves a wife and three grown up daughters.
Paul was the son of Bill Barnes, a pre-war Blackshirt who never gave up the struggle. Bill took us to meetings of Mosley’s Union Movement at Trafalgar Square and Kensington Town Hall in the late Fifties. In 1959 we were in Trafalgar Square when John Bean held a meeting of the National Labour Party.
This was before Colin Jordan’s NSM rally of April 1962. After that the Reds denied free speech to their opponents while the state looked on.
Paul and I wanted to join the BNP immediately but Bill insisted that we wait a while. As Paul was 13 and I was 14 this was not unreasonable. In 1960 we counter-demonstrated at an anti-Apartheid rally in Trafalgar Square. John Bean wrote in “Many Shades of Black”:
I have just read that Jonathan Bowden passed away on March 29th, 2012 of a heart attack just two weeks before his 50th birthday.
I do not know what shocked me most. The news of his death or the fact that it took four weeks for details of the passing of this Revolutionary Giant to filter out to the wider world.
You can read all about Jonathan's short but interesting life over on the Wikipedia site for now, but I am sure that someone will produce a more detailed and lasting tribute for him that his memory deserves.
Well the little world of the British Resistance paltalk room was blown apart last night when we learnt of the death of John Mills and who most in the room knew as Screamingmad.
He passed away in early September and many of us had been wondering where he had gone, well sadly we now know why he did not return our calls and we are all ripped apart at losing him.
John was one of the most nicest, decent, generous men I have ever had the fortune to meet in my long life and it is true to say that without John's ever generous big heart there would be no British Resistance site and maybe not even a British Resistance. Because make no bones about it. Johns donations kept this site going in its early days and for that reason alone we must never let his memory die.
It is with great sadness that the Blackpool branch of the British National Party has had to take farewell to one of its most dedicated and popular activists, Karl Mercer, who passed away peacefully earlier this month, aged 50.
Mr Mercer, a well-known figure in the party, lost a bravely fought battle against cancer in the dedicated care and warmest surroundings of Trinity Hospice, Blackpool.
He will be sorely missed by all, many who may remember him from the many festivals, events, rallies and election campaigns he attended with such passion.
Our hearts also go out to his loving wife Irene, who once stood as candidate in a local election in Blackpool and did the party proud thanks to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of this loving couple to our cause.
We are sure that Karl, an ex miner and railway worker will be in the thoughts and good memories of so many people and our heartfelt sympathies are with all of his family.